Translator: Sam Garrett
Harvill Secker

In "Ararat" Frank Westerman undertakes a journey along the fault-line between religion and science.

It is a pilgrimage by a non-believer, from the domain of knowledge to that of belief.

Where is the God from my children's bible? Who or what has taken his place? These and other questions present themselves when Westerman, while on a trip to Armenia, beholds the biblical Mount Ararat, once the reputed resting-place of Noah's Ark, now a geographical, political and cultural crossroads.

On his quest for answers he turns everything about this legendary volcano inside out, myth as well as reality.

"Ararat" is a dazzling book about science, religion and all that lies between by one of Europe's most celebrated young writers of non-fiction. 



Translated into ten languages

Ararat has been translated into English (paperback and hardcover), French, German, Spanish, Danish, Italian, Polish, Japanese, Croatian and Armenian.

Awards for 'Ararat'


Shortlisted for AKO Literature Prize 2007


Shortlisted for Bob den Uyl Prize 2008


Shortlisted for Eureka Prize 2008


Nominatie Boardman Tasker Prize 


Nomination Richard Kapuscinski Prize (Polish edition).